LeBron James is the only one left from the batch of the 2003 NBA Draft. With Carmelo Anthony announcing his retirement, James is the last man standing. However, we’ve asked questions about when LeBron will finally decide to end his illustrious career. Indeed a day will come soon enough when LeBron will hang his jersey for good. As we see it, is that he wants to play his last season with his son Bronny James.
After the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated by a sweep in the Western Conference Finals, Bron has shed some light about considering retirement. LeBron will be turning 39 in December, and one can only think if he is serious about ending his career. He has achieved everything there is to achieve in the NBA. However, some executives are aware of LeBron dictating the narrative.
BREAKING: LeBron James is considering retirement, per @ChrisBHaynes pic.twitter.com/2N8K4iPU31
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King James still has 2 years left on his contract worth $96.7 million, however, the amount won’t bother him much. He is already a billionaire, and something else might motivate him from moving away from the game. However, one executive according to Bleacher Report said, “He just changed the conversation. Now we’re not talking about a sweep; we’re talking about LeBron and retirement. He loves to control the narrative.”
A western conference executive calls out LeBron James for controlling the narrative
“He just changed the conversation. Now we’re not talking about a sweep; we’re talking about LeBron and retirement. He loves to control the narrative.”
(Via Bleacher Report) pic.twitter.com/LKgqWIQEdh
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“Give it a week, let’s see if he’s saying the same thing,” another executive said. Nonetheless, LeBron had a pretty productive season with the Lakers. He managed to average 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game in the regular season. The stats are way better than many young players currently in the league.
What did LeBron James say about retiring from the NBA?
James finished his 20th season in the NBA uncharacteristically after getting swept 4-0 by the Denver Nuggets. Regardless of the sweep, considering his age, he put up solid numbers for the Lakers. James after the loss in Game 4, told that he would consider retirement in the offseason. However, he was asked to elaborate on his decision about considering retirement.
He was asked if he would be playing next year, to which James said, “Yeah.” He was also asked if, “You would walk away?”, to which James said, “I got to think about it.” We’ve seen James put up some spectacular performances this season, and James remains to be a crucial member of the Lakers, and any team would benefit from him playing for them. Nonetheless, we will see in the offseason, which path the King like to go.